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Long-serving employees recognised with certificates

Long-serving employees recognised with certificates

Twenty-three long-serving employees of the health system including the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) were recently awarded with certificates of recognition for their long and dedicated service to the organisation. The employees, most of them nurses and community health workers, had spent more than 40 years continuous service in various capacities in the health system and most of them had spent that time working at the Mt Hagen Hospital as well as in the rural facilities. Continue Reading

Five-Year Strategic Plan Launched

Five-Year Strategic Plan Launched

The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) has launched its Five-Year Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023, aimed at guiding its programs towards achieving a “Healthy Western Highlands” in the next five years and beyond. Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu officially launched the Plan during a ceremony at the Mt Hagen Hospital Car Park on 20th February 2019, witnessed by the Chairman of the WHPHA Board of Governance, Mr David Guinn and Secretary for Health, Mr Pascoe Kase. Continue Reading

PAU medical students provide comfort for patients

PAU medical students provide comfort for patients

Patients who visit the out-patients section of Togoba Health Centre in the Nebilyer area of Western Highlands will now have good shelter and benches to sit on while waiting to receive treatment. A group of five fourth-year medical students from the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) in Port Moresby have gone out of their way, spending their own money to build a veranda for the out-patients building to allow patients to sit in comfort while waiting to be treated. Continue Reading

Children’s Out-patient Department gets a major facelift

Children’s Out-patient Department gets a major facelift

The Children’s Out-patient Department (COPD) of Mt Hagen Hospital will soon be more spacious and more conducive for children to receive treatment. In its continued efforts to provide a healthier and more friendly environment for children to receive treatment, the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority is spending in excess of K350,000 to renovate the existing building. Continue Reading

Hand held two-way radios for security guards

Hand held two-way radios for security guards

Security personnel deployed at various locations within the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) premises will now be able to communicate well with each other and discuss issues affecting their operations. This follows the purchase of 10 new hand held two-way radios for the security guards to use to contact each other on operational issues and for the security manager to monitor and ensure they are at their assigned posts. Continue Reading

Nurses and Management reconcile for sake of patients

Nurses and Management reconcile for sake of patients

Nursing staff of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority have reconciled with the Management and Board to leave behind their past differences and to work together as a team for the sake of patient care in 2019 and onwards. During a Reconciliation and Repentance meeting organised by the nursing management on 10th January 2019 at the Mt Hagen Hospital Chapel and attended by nurses and some members of the management team, the nurses said they were sorry for the dispute in 2016. Continue Reading